Jaishankar disagrees with CDS: India does not believe in clash of civilizations

Jaishankar disagrees with CDS: India does not believe in clash of civilizations

One day later Chief of Defense Staff, General Bipin Rawat mentioned the “clash of civilizations” theory to describe China’s growing ties to the Islamic world vis-à-vis the West, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar tried to distance the government from General Rawat’s statement and told his counterpart Chinese that “India had never subscribed to any theory of the clash of civilizations.”

In a statement on the Jaishankar meeting Thursday with Wang Yi on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in Tajikistan’s capital Dushanbe, the Foreign Ministry said the minister stressed that Asian solidarity it would depend on the example of India-China relations. . The two ministers, the MEA said, “exchanged views on recent global developments.”

On Wednesday, General Rawat, speaking in New Delhi about the changing geopolitical landscape, said: “We are seeing a kind of union between the Sino and Islamic civilizations. You can see China now befriending Iran, they are moving towards Turkey… And they will enter Afghanistan in the years to come…. Will that lead to a clash of civilizations with Western civilization? “The world, he said, is in” confusion. “

China’s rise, the CDS said, “happened faster than people anticipated.” “We are returning to a bipolar or multipolar world… What we are certainly seeing is more aggression on the part of nations. Above all, the one that is trying to enter the bipolar world and making its presence felt, that is China. They are becoming increasingly aggressive and we share land borders with them. Therefore, it is time to start looking at our strategies, as to how we are going to deal with two borders, which are aggressive neighbors, adversaries. Pakistan on the western front and China in the north, ”he said.

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During his meeting with Wang, Jaishankar, according to the MEA, said that India had never subscribed to any theory of the clash of civilizations. He said that India and China had to deal with each other on merits and establish a relationship based on mutual respect. “For this, it was necessary for China to avoid viewing our bilateral relations from the perspective of its relations with third countries. Asian solidarity would depend on the example of India-China relations. “

Also in a Twitter post, Jaishankar said: “It is also essential that China does not view its relations with India through the lens of a third country.”

According to the MEA, Jaishankar “noted that since their last meeting on July 14, the two sides had made some progress in solving the remaining problems along LAC in eastern Ladakh and had completed the disconnection in the area of Gogra. However, there were still some outstanding problems that needed to be resolved ”.

Recalling that Wang had pointed out at their last meeting that “bilateral relations were in decline” and both parties had agreed that “the prolongation of the existing situation was not in the interest of either party, as it was affecting the relationship in a negative way “, Jaishankar. “He emphasized that the two parties must work for a prompt resolution of the outstanding problems throughout LAC in eastern Ladakh, fully complying with bilateral agreements and protocols.”

“In this sense, the Ministers agreed that the military and diplomatic officials of the two parties should meet again and continue their discussions to resolve pending issues as soon as possible,” said the MEA.

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